July 21st, 2020
London—Fanshawe Member of Parliament, Lindsay Mathyssen Tables Her First Two Private Members Bills on Fresh Water Protection
Ottawa, ON- Lindsay Mathyssen tabled her first two Private Members Bills as a Member of Parliament. This occurred after consultation with constituents around the needs to protect Canada’s fresh water, including the Thames River.
The first Bill titled the National Freshwater Strategy Act aims at modernizing Canada’s policies on fresh water. It has been well over 20 years since the government established a policy on fresh water, and environmental conditions have changed significantly since 1987. While Canada has seemingly abundant freshwater resources, very little of it is renewable.
MP Mathyssen, while introducing the National Freshwater Strategy Act said:
“The Thames River runs through my riding of London Fanshawe, but we are also so fortunate to have several wetlands and environmentally significant areas such as Meadowlilly Woods, Pottersburg Valley, Westminster Ponds and the area I live, Pond Mills. These areas are home to an incredible number of birds, wildlife, aquatic wildlife and vegetation. And of course, we are influenced by the beauty of the Great Lakes, which not only supplies us with fresh water for drinking but provides all of our communities with environmental benefits that deserve targeted protection and sustainable planning.”
MP Mathyssen’s second bill titled An Act to amend the Navigation Protection Act (North Thames River, Middle Thames River and Thames River)was first introduced in 2013 by Irene Mathyssen but was ignored by the government of the day. During the 2015 election, the Liberals promised Canadians that it would prioritize the amendment to the Navigation Protection Act. MP Mathyssen is calling upon the Liberals to keep their word and protect the Thames River and support her bill.